Four Dancers (1900) by Edgar Degas

Four Dancers - Edgar Degas - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleFour Dancers
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions151 x 180 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Four Dancers

The artwork “Four Dancers” is a celebrated creation by Edgar Degas, dated to the year 1900. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Degas contributes to the Impressionist art movement with this piece, showcasing his distinctive style and thematic focus. The piece measures 151 by 180 centimeters and falls within the genre painting category, underscoring the artist’s penchant for depicting scenes of social life, particularly those involving dancers.

In the artwork, Degas portrays four young ballet dancers in the midst of a restful pause, seemingly caught in a moment of spontaneous repose or conversation. Their bodies are gracefully arranged, emphasizing the natural elegance and flow of their movements, typical of Degas’ ballet scenes. The dancers are positioned against a verdant landscape that blurs into an impressionistic haze, suggestive of a garden or a lush, outdoor setting, with hints of a sunset seen in the background. The strokes are loose and expressive, with colors that range from warm tones on the dancers’ tutus to cooler hues that set the scene behind them. The artwork reflects a harmonious blend of human figures and their environment, characteristic of Impressionism’s attempt to capture light, atmosphere, and fleeting moments of life.

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